There are 5 ways to get from Zürich to Besançon by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  3 h 43 min

  1. TGV / ...
  2. Tgv

$77 - $100

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 30 min

  1. Ouibus

$23 - $29

3 alternative options

Train via Belfort Ville  •  4 h 13 min

  1. TGV / ...
  2. Ic

$69 - $97

Train, bus  •  6 h 36 min

  1. 36 / ...
  2. 099

$43 - $76

Drive  •  2 h 34 min

  1. 159.3 miles

$30 - $50

Questions & Answers

The distance between Zürich and Besançon is 191 km. The road distance is 255 km.

The cheapest way to get from Zürich to Besançon is to bus which costs SFr 22 - SFr 29 and takes 4 h 30 min.

The quickest way to get from Zürich to Besançon is to drive which takes 2 h 34 min and costs SFr 30 - SFr 50.

No, there is no direct train from Zürich to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Zürich HB and arriving at Besançon-Viotte via Mulhouse Ville and Besançon Franche-Comté TGV. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 43 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Zürich to Besançon. However, there are services departing from Zurich and arriving at Besançon via Basel. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 30 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 43 min to get from Zürich to Besançon, including transfers.

What companies run services between Zürich, Switzerland and Besançon, France?

You can take a train from Zürich to Besançon via Mulhouse Ville and Besançon Franche-Comté TGV in around 3 h 43 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Zürich to Besançon via Basel City Center and Basel in around 4 h 30 min.

Train operators
TGV
Phone
0033 892 353535
Website
tgv.com
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
en.oui.sncf
Standard
$50 - $75
First
$90 - $120
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Besançon Franche-Comté TGV
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$23 - $26
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$23 - $26
1st Class
$29 - $45
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Mulhouse Ville
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$50 - $75
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Standard
$50 - $75
First
$90 - $120
Train from Brugg AG to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
SNCF
Phone
+33 9 70 60 99 70
Website
sncf.com
Train from Mulhouse Ville to Belfort Ville
Ave. Duration
33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $9
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$5 - $9
1st Class
$8 - $14
Train from Belfort Ville to Besançon-Viotte
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $17
Website
en.oui.sncf
2nd Class
$11 - $17
1st Class
$17 - $27
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Zurich to Basel City Center
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $5
Website
Ouibus
Eurolines CH
Phone
0041 (0) 844 257 224
Website
eurolines.ch
Bus from Basel to Besançon
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$19 - $24
Book at
eurolines.ch
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Basel, Basel central station to Besançon
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $17
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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